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Wimbledon Slams Selfie Sticks, Bans Popular Travel Device

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | April 28, 2015

Wimbledon Slams Selfie Sticks, Bans Popular Travel Device

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Wimbledon is the latest iconic attraction to continue what is a budding global selfie-stick hatred.

BBC News follows up on a report by The Sunday Times (original report behind a paywall) that signals a ban on selfie sticks at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

What has become a rather fashionable ban at various landmarks and attractions around the world continues at the place that will house the 2015 Championships from June 28 to July 12.

Though spectators will have to get by without the aid of any elongated Bluetooth devices that help with self-photography.

BBC News cites the ticketholders’ guide that states the following: “In common with many other major sports and entertainment events and cultural attractions, the championships will not allow selfie sticks into the grounds.”

For the uninitiated, the selfie stick is a contraption that allows tourists to extend their image-capturing devices like Stretch Armstrong.

As you might presume, having a bunch of tourists extend cameras on sticks all over the place could pose a problem. Although it’s a fantastic way to garner attention that you are indeed a tourist.

BBC Trending dropped this fine video on the Internet this past December, examining the utility of the device:   

And the reason Wimbledon has slammed selfie stick echoes previous complaints from other locales. The Sunday Times reached a spokesperson who, according to BBC News, said the ban was put into place “because of the ‘nuisance value’ but ‘primarily so it doesn't interfere with spectators' enjoyment.’”

Previously TravelPulse covered news that places like Churchill Downs and Coachella recently prohibited the devices at its respective locations.

TravelPulse’s Donald Wood also reminds that “London's National Gallery, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. and New York's Museum of Modern Art” have been added to a growing list of destinations that outlaw selfie sticks.

BBC News reported that Tottenham Hotspurs fans were hit with a similar ban recently, so White Hart Lane will remain selfie-stick free as well.

This all means that you can continue taking an absurd amount of selfies all over the globe. However, they will have to be the lame kind that are at about arm’s length.

Those truly magnificent ones you adore will increasingly be left for places that nobody wants to visit anyway.

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